On Feb14th, 2010, It was brought to my attention that there was a down horse across the road from where Iive. I called the Shawano County Sheriff Dept. to investagate. They looked around and left shortly after. I was concerned.
The neighbor's (Cindy and Paul Hurlburt) were wintering in Ariz, and their caretaker was in jail for an OWI. They run a "Winnie Mill" and a "backyard puppy mill", meaning they don't use the horses or dogs as pets. They only over breed and sell.
I went over there to see for myself and was horrified to see her laying there bleeding and trying to quench her thirst with what she could scrape from the ice, as she could not lift her head to drink or eat. She was laying there on the frozen ground, with NO SHELTER in an open field. I stayed with her, covered her with my blanket and gave her water from my water bottle as best I could. Hours later the caretaker was released from jail and turned up. He was not aware of what happened to the horse. I pleaded with him to call a vet. I had tried, even offering to pay the vet myself, but the vet can't unless he has the owner's permission.
I finally convinced the caretaker to call the owner who gave permission to call the vet. I stayed throughout the vet's visit helping them aid the pregnant horse and try to get her up. We found out she WAS FROZEN TO THE GROUND! Her skin was tore off when we forced her to sit up. I took pictures of the open wounds.
While there I saw the horrible conditions the dogs were in. They were all living outside in the cold with no straw, hay or blankets in their doghouses that had holes in them and were too large for most of the dogs. All the dogs were matted and dirty. There were 2 small dauchounds forced to live outside, with a huge doghouse that had no straw and was far to big to help them stay warm. Their paws were so cold they wouldn't venture out on the smow to where their food and frozen water was. Before leaving I laid straw from my supply down so that they could reach their food, and gave them fresh water. Why did the officer not get concerned ???
When I went back the next day to check on the pregnant horse who was now laying in a POOL OF BLOOD, I took more pictures.
When the caretaker found me doing this he called the owner who had me charged with trespassing. The video is also on you tube. No one helped the horse that day until I contacted the HSUS (Humane Society of The United States) in Madison. The horse lay and suffered until 3:30pm the next day, Feb 15th, when HSUS were able to see that the horse was humanly enthused.
I went to court and pled not guilty and returned to court June 10th. I didn't get a lawyer but the wonderful people from "Wind Chill's Law" donated $400.00 to my legal expenses.
The man that lives there has numerous child molestation charges on him. Check him out on CCAP. Paul Hurlburt
Since then they have closed down their backyard puppymill and no longer breed for greed. They also ended their overbreeding of horses, by giving away their 8 year old stud, and downsizing there herd to 8.
I continue to monitor the welfare of the remaining horses so that they have hay and fesh watrer year round. Finally after 8years the horses ALWAYS have hay and water available.
I hope that knowing they were being watcned helped improve the life for these animals.
See below for my victory story!
Always for the animals,
See below for my victory story!
AFTER A PEACEFUL PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE, THEY DID NOT SHOW UP FOR THE HEARING AND THE TRESSPASSING CHARGES WERE DROPPED. THE $400 THAT WAS DONATED TOWARD MY LEGAL EXPENSES, WILL GO TO THE WIND CHILL LEGANCY, WHICH IS A SIMULAR CASE AND THE ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND TO SUPPORT STRONGER ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS.